I took my 12th oath of office in the Minnesota House of Representatives on Tuesday and in many ways it once again feels like the first week of school.
This is especially true since the majority shifted in the House. There is a whole new committee structure, we have swapped offices and there have been a great number of personnel changes. Much of this first week has been spent on getting organized, working on bills and learning our new surroundings as we settle into roles for the next two years.
One source of familiarity for me is that I was selected as the lead Republican on the House Higher Education Finance and Policy Division after chairing that committee the last four years. I also will be serving the Capital Investment and Education Finance committees in the House.
It's a great honor to continue representing the people of District 8A in the House and once again significant challenges present themselves as the new session begins. This is especially true with issues related to Greater Minnesota as we look for ways to stabilize rural parts of our state for the long term.
In the big picture, our main job this session will be to set a new two-year state budget. Along the way, we also need to find ways to lower health care costs and provide tax relief with a state surplus of $1.5 billion and growing.
I look forward to participating in the process as we look for solutions and am interested to see how things play out with some new faces in key positions at the Capitol.
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